Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Dick-Forde: Rowley, leave me out of your drama

Former Housing Minister Emily Dick-Forde has responded to comments made by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley over the weekend that political fighting within the People’s National Movement (PNM) led to the delay of the Vieux Fort Housing Development in St. James.

Rowley said the housing project which started in 2006 was stopped after another minister reported to then Prime Minister Patrick Manning that there was a discrepancy in the Cleaver Heights Project in Arima and that the sum of $10 million was missing.

This prompted a statement by the wife of the former Prime Minister, who said that her husband would never stop the project in the way outlined in the media.

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However, the PNM Women’s League later rushed to the defence of the Prime Minister saying that his statements about the delay in the project were not directed to Manning but instead to former Housing Minister’s Emily Dick Forde and Dr. Roodal Moonilal.

Dick-Forde issued a statement on Monday, in which she addressed the statements.

“Leave me out of your drama and get cracking on the serious work of national governance and development! I shall consider if to respond to the trite and pitiful release by the Women's League of the PNM also slandering my name, in due course. It may be a legal response.”

She also added that she never told Manning that 10 million was missing.

“I am not the culprit. Nor did I tell Mr Manning any such thing about 10 million missing. The current prime minister attacked his leader in Parliament and after PM responded in detail to all of the corruption allegations levelled at him, he hit the Diego Martin MP a hard lash that seems to still be smarting 10 years later,” the former Housing Minister said.

Since making the statement on Saturday the Prime Minister has been facing backlash.

Former Housing Minister Dr. Roodal Moonilal also slammed Rowley’s statements saying that it was one of the many ‘sick’ projects that the People’ Partnership had to address.

He said the delay in the project had nothing to do with former Prime Minister Patrick Manning or the missing $10 million allegation.


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